When I wrote the first part of Heavenly Potato, I had been reading about asteroids, and came across the mention of Eros. The shape of it reminded me of a potato, and the images NASA has of it could be an inspection of a potato in black and white. It is rather interesting to look at when you consider the size and shape of this rock that is orbiting the sun.
There is a lot of good fun astronomy to be found on the NASA website, but for today, the information about Eros comes from the asteroid section found here: Overview | Asteroids, Comets & Meteors – NASA Solar System Exploration
Part of my intent with the way I started the Potato story, was to use a resemblance to science in the way the story unfolds. My thought was that I could use something that an astronomer might know as a valid reference point. Eros was what I chose for that.
First, Eros is an object that has been know for more than a hundred years. Second, it was the first asteroid to be orbited by a spacecraft. It is historic.
Third, and probably the thing that I was most looking for, it is relatively large. It is about 33 km x 13 km x 13 km.